December 2020 Town Hall FAQ

Important notes:  

Please note classes were scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 6. Instead classes will begin on Saturday, January 9, with a few exceptions where hours required for a practical our placement or other special circumstances. We hope that this new start date will give students a few extra days of rest to prepare for their upcoming classes. 

Please visit ulethbridge.ca/covid-19 to learn about the University of Lethbridge’s response to COVID-19, including information about campus access and restrictions. 

Spring 2021 classes will be delivered primarily online. Please contact your supervisor or program administrator if you have questions about your particular program.   

If you are expecting a graduate teaching assistantship assignment and you haven't received confirmation or information, please email your graduate coordinator. If you are unsure who your graduate coordinator is, you can email your supervisor.  

If you can't arrive on campus yet but still want to start your graduate program remotely, you should have that discussion with your supervisor if you're in a thesis-based program to make sure that this will work.

There are a number of complications around funding, including navigating the tax laws for various countries and limitations to the University’s payroll system which is not capable of paying individuals who are living abroad.   

This means that international students who will be starting their graduate programs abroad will not be able to receive payment of any kind through our payroll system.  

The SGS will hold GA appointments in abeyance for these students until such time that they can legally be employed (keep in mind they cannot complete employment hours without pay) in Canada. We encourage supervisors to offer the same flexibility with any GA (research) and stipends they were planning on providing to their students.  

Admission scholarships are not impacted and will continue to be paid in instalments as per usual. 

We are following the public health guidelines. It is unlikely that a vaccine would be mandatory here in Alberta. We encourage you to read about the science behind the vaccines that are being developed and rely on the advice from the scientists and the medical professionals who are taking care of us and looking out for our safety right now. 

Anyone who is traveling from outside of Canada to enter Canada at the moment is required to quarantine for 14 days. The university is not providing accommodations for quarantine purposes. If you have a contract to live in residence for the semester that you will be arriving for then you will be able to quarantine in on-campus residence and you would need to be in touch with housing services for that.  

We do have a page outlining quarantine requirements, this is specifically created for international students but of course, anyone can look at it to learn more about quarantine requirements.  

For questions about international travel and quarantine planning for international students please visit ulethbridge.ca/international  

Yes. Please go to ulgsa.org/#/upass/ for more information or contact gsa@uleth.ca for assistance.  

Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation will be delivered asynchronously online. Please watch your @uleth inboxes for more information.